The Secretary of State for Health and Social Services was a position in the UK cabinet, created on 1 November 1968 with responsibility for the Department of Health and Social Security. It continued until 25 July 1988 when Department of Health and the Department of Social Security were created.
Though when created the position had responsibility for the National Health Service throughout England and Wales, responsibility for the NHS in Wales was transferred to the Secretary of State for Wales in 1969.
Secretaries of State for Social Services
|Name||Term of office||Political party||Prime Minister|
|Richard Crossman||1 November 1968||19 June 1970||Labour||Harold Wilson|
|Sir Keith Joseph||20 June 1970||4 March 1974||Conservative||Edward Heath|
|Barbara Castle||5 March 1974||8 April 1976||Labour||Harold Wilson|
|David Ennals||8 April 1976||4 May 1979||Labour||James Callaghan|
|Patrick Jenkin||5 May 1979||14 September 1981||Conservative||Margaret Thatcher|
|Norman Fowler||14 September 1981||13 June 1987||Conservative|
|John Moore||13 June 1987||25 July 1988||Conservative|
|Post split into Secretary of State for Social Security and Secretary of State for Health in 1988.|